Central Sweeps Battle of Salina
Mike Hammett - December 20, 2013 9:45 pm
Salina Central took round one of the Battle of Salina on Friday night at the Bicentennial Center, as the Mustang girls won 54-21 and the boys pulled away for a 59-50 win.
In the boys game, defense ruled the first half. South would use an early 6-0 spurt, capped on a basket by Zach Nachbar to lead 11-4 with 2:38 to go in the first quarter.
Central would answer quickly, going on a 7-0 run over the next minute to tie the game at 11 on free throws by Treyton Hines. South would regain a 14-13 lead after a quarter.
In the second quarter, the lead would change hands four times and there were four ties. Central took a four-point lead at 20-16 on a three-point play by Hines with 6 minutes to play in the half. South answered wiht four straight points from Nachbar to tie the game at 20. The two would trade buckets for the remainder of the quarter, with the game tied at 26 at the break.
The third quarter continued the tight pace. South led by three at 30-27 on a lay-up by Justin Stonebraker, his first bucket of the game, to lead 30-27 with 6:39 to play in the third. Central answered with five straight points, taking the lead on a basket by Jordan McNelly to lead 32-30.
South had one more lead at 34-33 on a basket by Jacob Marcotte, but Central went back in front for good on a three by Brayden Neuschafer with 1:53 to go in the third. Central would lead 40-39 after the third quarter.
In the final frame, Central used a 7-0 run to separate, going up 51-43. The Mustangs pushed the lead to as much as 10, holding on for the 59-50 win.
Hines led the Mustangs with 20 points while McNelly added 15 and Rashun Allen had 10 points. Zach Nachbar led South with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Stonebraker, averaging 21.3 points per game coming in, was limited to four points.
The Mustangs hit 80 percent of their free throws to just 50 percent for the Cougars.
Salina Central is 3-2 overall, 2-0 in AVCTL Division I. South is 1-3 and 0-2 in the league.
In the girls game, Salina Central’s defense smothered Salina South in the first half. The Cougars hit just two of 17 shots in the half, hitting their first and final shots of the half. In between, Salina Central went on a 25-0 run, taking a 28-2 lead before a free throw by Bre Hogan ended the run. Central would add a three by Shaelyn Martin before South ended the field goal drought on a basket by Emilee Holloway with 11 seconds left in the half.
In the second half, Central kept up the pressure, but South was more successful from the floor. The Mustangs would still build the lead to as much as 34 as they cruised to the 54-21 win.
The Mustangs were led in scoring by Shaelyn Martin with 18 points while Emily Wood added 10. The Cougars were led by five points from Teryn Holloway.
Central improves to 5-0 while South drops to 0-4.